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October 9, 2006 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-32

Hubble Observations Confirm that Planets Form from Disks Around Stars

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About the Object
Object Name: Epsilon Eridani
Object Description: Extrasolar Planet
Position (J2000): R.A. 03h 32m 55s.84
Dec. -09° 27' 29".7
Constellation: Eridanus
Distance: Approximately 10.5 light-years (3.2 parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description:

This HST data was taken from the following Hubble proposals: 9167, 9347, and 9969: G.F. Benedict (University of Texas, Austin), B. McArthur (McDonald Observatory), E. Nelan (STSCI), A. Hatzes (Tautenburg Observatory, Germany), W. Cochran (University of Texas, Austin), and G. Gatewood (University of Pittsburg).

The science team also includes M. Endl and R. Wittenmyer (McDonald Observatory/University of Texas, Austin), S. Baliunas (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), G. Walker and S. Yang (University of Victoria), M. Kurster (Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), S. Els (Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory), and D. Paulson (GSFC).

Instrument: FGS
Exposure Date(s): 2001-2003
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G.F. Benedict (University of Texas, Austin)
Release Date: October 9 , 2006